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K.I.S.S. (Keep It Social Studies) wants to provide you with basic tools to introduce students to various social studies topics. This viewing guide is designed to touch on essential themes and terminology dealing with the Progressive Era. This fill-in activity follows John Green's Crash Course U.S. History: Episode 27 in order and the sentences are word-for-word. There are two copies on one printout so it is economical, but you will have to cut.
Crash Course Episode 27- In which John Green teaches you about the Progressive Era in the United States. In the late 19th and early 20th century in America, there was a sense that things could be improved upon. A sense that reforms should be enacted. A sense that progress should be made. As a result, we got the Progressive Era, which has very little to do with automobile insurance, but a little to do with automobiles. All this overlapped with the Gilded Age, and is a little confusing, but here we have it. Basically, people were trying to solve some of the social problems that came with the benefits of industrial capitalism. To oversimplify, there was a competition between the corporations' desire to keep wages low and workers' desire to have a decent life. Improving food safety, reducing child labor, and unions were all on the agenda in the Progressive Era. While progress was being made, and people were becoming more free, these gains were not equally distributed. Jim Crow laws were put in place in the south, and immigrant rights were restricted as well. So once again on Crash Course, things aren't so simple.